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Dive Into a True Hawaii Adventure
The inspiring true story of one writer’s wild adventure into the gems and perils of the Big Island of Hawaii, a blue feather as his only talisman.
Wild sea turtles, black sand beaches, UFOs, and a volcano goddess living in a lake of lava? That’s only the beginning.
Upon landing, Andrew feels instantly welcome. On his first night, a new friend asks him if he’d like to go on a volcano adventure with her. “Are you serious?” he says. “Of course!”
By nightfall, Andrew and his new friends are standing on the edge of a huge lake of bubbling lava, radiating a warmth that feels like the sun on a cloudless day. Its beauty leaves him speechless, and they’ve brought food. His friends call it “extreme picnicking,” but his adventure has only just begun.
Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise: Arrival is the first in a 3-volume action-memoir about the consciousness shift that happens when you embrace Hawaii. Volume 1: Arrival is a true page-turner, soaring with pure adventure, unrequited love, deadly lava, mysterious UFOs, ecotourism, and fascinating characters that you’ll never forget.
“The book has a wonderful way of transporting the reader with engrossing clarity. I even learned some new things about my island home that I didn’t know!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Catarina Zaragoza, Big Island Business Owner
“Andrew takes us around Hawaii island, starting from an outsider’s perspective and slowly moving into the local culture. A great read if you like adventure or are interested in the magical place that is Hawaii island!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Zoe Eisenberg, Local Filmmaker & Writer/Producer of STOKE
“Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise: Arrival is a leisurely and inspiring travelogue. While reading it, I felt a new urge to see Hawaii.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Andrew Durso, Biologist, Ph.D.
“I bought this book directly from the author at Uncle Roberts market…To be honest, I did not expect such well-written material, and I never write reviews… so, that tells you this material is exceptional. The author is engaging, genuine, and weaves a wonderful story of his adventures on the island. After being on the island, it was like a 2nd adventure for me to read about the places I visited. I highly recommend this extremely entertaining book, and I found I looked forward to every night when it was my reading time… when I finished, I immediately wanted more. Expectantly awaiting Volume 2!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— M. Arney, Traveller
“Vivid description of Andrew’s adventures as a work-trader and hitchhiker in paradise. If you want to experience life from this angle, read this book!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Roberta Johannson, Big Island Local
“I found it extremely difficult to put down… I was compelled to find out what was going to happen next!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Garret Dent, Erudite Reader
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Books Referenced in Volume 1:
- Wise Secrets of Aloha by Harry Uhane Jim
- Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty
- The Island on the Edge of Forever by Andrew Crusoe (the sequel novel that I mention working on throughout this story)
Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise 2: Tribulations
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Even five months on the Big Island can change you forever. Being invited to visit the fiery home of Madame Pele, getting scared half-to-death by a UFO hovering over a lava field, and manifesting a blue feather out of thin air has that effect.
Yet Andrew’s most powerful transformation was still ahead.
A routine hitchhiking trip into town brings a new person into Andrew’s life that just might have the perfect opportunity for him. His new friend is a volunteer at a Vipassana meditation center. She invites him to join her on a 10-day silent meditation course and then live near the meditation center afterward, doing a very different kind of work-trade than he’s ever done.
Andrew accepts and plunges into an intense experience, delving deeper into his mind and body than ever before, unearthing trauma that he thought he had healed long ago. In the process, a profound realization hits him and propels him into a new chapter of his life.
Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise is a 3-volume true story about community, sustainability, and a remarkable journey on the Big Island of Hawaii. In Volume 2: Tribulations, Andrew dives deep into a life-changing Vipassana meditation course, gains a new perspective on unrequited love, and is wished “Happy Birthday” from a man beyond the grave.
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Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise 3: Reckoning
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From seeing the hidden fractals within the trees, to meditating in silence for 10 days, to falling in love and seeing that love crumble, the Big Island gives Andrew unparalleled opportunities to grow.
Buoyed by a new project, Andrew starts off the new year with a fresh energy and is guided to the biweekly talks of a Hawaiian elder.
The elder reminds him of truths that he’d forgotten, and he leads the group through the healing techniques of laulima and ho‘oponopono, giving Andrew a new energy to release the last shred of attachment to a person who simply doesn’t want to be with him.
Now that he has created more space and clarity, his social circle expands, and Andrew meets someone who becomes one of the strongest catalysts for joy and growth in his life. But she is leaving the island in just 6 months.
Andrew faces a forking path. All the while, lava is heading toward Pahoa, threatening to isolate all of Puna. The elder taught him that love prevails all trauma, but will that be enough?
Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise is a 3-volume true story about community, sustainability, and a life-changing journey on the Big Island of Hawaii. Volume 3: Reckoning takes flight with earthshaking changes, powerful healing, a new lava flow, and a hurricane, resulting in a reckoning that changes Andrew forever.